Off-Campus Education is an important component of Buffalo Trail programming for senior high students. As such we have district and school site coordinators to ensure that students have the best possible experiences and that these provide learning that can guide students as they seek careers paths.
Off-Campus Education is a partnership among schools, employers, and students. These educational experiences offer students unique opportunities to become familiar with the requirements and expectations of the work world.
More detailed information:
- Alberta Education information regarding Off-Campus Programs
- BTPS Policy & Procedures regarding Off-Campus Programs
BTPS supports the these three Off-Campus Education programs; the Work Experience, Green Certificate and Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP). See details below for each.
Or you can contact your local school for more information.
Work Experience is one component of the Off-Campus programming offered through Buffalo Trail Public Schools. The main focus of the program is to give valuable experience to students for the school-to-work transition that all students will eventually encounter. Work Experience opportunities are provided through school/community partnerships and students learn under the cooperative supervision of a teacher and an employer. Types of work can include supervised paid work and supervised voluntary work.
Work Experience consists of three courses (15-25-35) for which HCS3000 'Work Place Safety Systems' is a prerequisite.
The Green Certificate program is an apprenticeship-style training program in the agriculture industry. Alberta Agriculture, Food & Rural Development (AAFRD) works in partnership with Alberta Education (via Off-Campus programming) to offer this program.
Under the guidance of a trainer, trainees (high-school students) select one of eleven specializations (link below) and work towards mastering all required skills. Students who complete a specialization will earn the technician level Green Certificate, issued by AAFRD.
Buffalo Trail offers the RAP program. The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) provides senior high school students the opportunity to earn high school credits while working at a trade with an employer to gain on-the-job training and job hours that can be applied toward the student's first-year apprenticeship at a post secondary college.
Students, schools, and employers jointly agree to a suitable schedule that will appropriately divide RAP students’ time between an approved work site and their school work.
There are over 50 trades to choose from, to accumulate hours towards the first year apprenticeship.